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Canal Place Funding Debated


The Cumberland Mayor and City Council are somewhat divided on providing further funding for Canal Place. While Council member Nick Scarpelli is in favor of funding the entity, Councilman Dave Kauffman said he may consider funding of about $20,000. Councilman David Caporale wants to study the issue further, while member Nicole Wagoner and Mayor Brian Grim say the would abstain from any vote on funding, citing potential conflicts of interest.



Garrett Commissioners Vote to Fund School Board Request


The Garrett County Commissioners, in a unanimous vote, have agreed to give the Board of Education there $2.2 million for FY '15. One of the conditions of the funding is that the board stop plans to close three schools there, and that the public school system participate in the Garrett County Employee Health Care Coalition.



Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide


The deaths of a Somerset County couple have been ruled a murder-suicide. The bodies of 59-year old Karen Louise Harkcom and 57-year old Michael David Harkcom were found Monday afternoon at their Shanksville Road home in Stonycreek Township. While the investigation is continuing, police said earlier there was no danger to the public in connection with the incident.



Man Arrested in Restaurant Break In


Allegany Sheriff's deputies have arrested Bradford Joseph Whetstone II in connection with a breaking and entering and theft at D'Atri's Bakery in LaVale. He was developed as a suspect and arrested while they were handling a separate incident at the Country Club Mall. Whetstone is accused of breaking into the bakery and stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond.



Mayor Amtower Being Treated for Cancer


Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower has disclosed he is being treated for thyroid cancer. The Mayor says he wanted to inform the residents of Keyser, and after undergoing surgery in November, he says he will receive a radiation treatment next month, which would allow him to return to his mayoral duties.



Police Investigating Breaking and Entering


Cumberland City Police are investigating the breaking and entering of South Cumberland Pharmacy early yesterday morning. A suspect shattered a glass door, but did not enter the building. A K-9 team attempted to track the suspect, who left the scene in an unknown vehicle. Video surveillance is currently being reviewed for images of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Department.



Garrett Board To Hold Meeting


The Garrett County Board of Education will hold an emergency business meeting tomorrow. The meeting will be held at the Garrett College auditorium, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Topics of the meeting include the Garrett County Public Schools Budget/Deficit and the Advisory/School Consolidation Impact Committee process. The meeting is open to the public.



ACM To Hold Graduation Friday


Allegany College of Maryland will hold its commencement exercises Friday, and expects to graduate more than 200 students. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the ACM Physical Education building. Candidates for graduation are expected to receive approximately 235 associate degrees and certificates in ACM's varied and numerous career and transfer programs. Those who attend ACM at the Bedford and Somerset campuses are part of the exercises. The commencement address will be delivered by Stephanie McVicker, of Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, who has distinguished herself with high academic achievement.



Maynard Coments on Resignation, Detention Center


A task force, of which State Senator George Edwards is a member, has recommended gradually closing the state run Baltimore City Detention Center. The report came one day after Public Safety and Corrections Secretary Gary Maynard announced his resignation. While he emphasized one issue had nothing to do with the other, Maynard says before taking a job with the Criminal Justice Institute, he commented there are things he needed to do before leaving.

After the initial indictments, which included 13 correctional officers, came in April, many called for Maynard's resignation. Maynard says the task force is dealing with concerns about violence and corruption in the correctional system. Maynard says a "best practices" policy is being instituted, which includes screening inmates for gang affiliations.




Berkeley, Morgan Counties Buck Harvest Higher


Even though there are indications the 2013 buck harvest in Berkeley and Morgan counties in West Virginia was higher than last year, the West Virginia DNR says the jurisdictions are still under-harvested. Given the deer population in Jefferson County, this year's harvest of 433 bucks is "ridiculously low," according to DNR biologist, Rich Rogers. There were 891 bucks taken in Berkeley County and 747 in Morgan County. The region was led by Hampshire County, which saw over 1600 bucks taken during the two-week season.


West Virginia School Board Approves Calendar Changes


The West Virginia Board of Education has instituted a new state policy, which gives county school systems in the state more control over their calendars, but does not mandate year-round instruction. The newly adopted policy allows counties to establish year round calendars, if the community believes that is most appropriate for its students. The policy also requires county school boards to develop a plan to make up instructional time lost due to bad weather, early dismissals and late arrivals.

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